It's an interesting time of year, where basketball and hockey are in swing, golf is back as well, baseball is in Spring Training and football free agency is due to start in Earnest and many other towns this week.
- Tiger pulled out of Doral with a bum Achilles-I wasn't watching that tourney since I was more glued to the college basketball, but they had a good field with a number of young stars in the hunt, with Justin Rose winning. We're almost in a post-Tiger era, with Rory McIlroy already at #1 in the rankings and the "heir obvious" per Gene Wojciechowsk; Rory's more fun to watch than Tiger with far less baggage, more like the Tiger circa 1995.
- The Tigers are doing nicely, starting the Grapefruit League 6-1-2; that looks like a soccer record, given the two 10-inning ties (they'll call spring games if they run out of pitchers they want to use) they played this weekend. They haven't had to fumigate after Cabrera plays third and Brandon Inge is hitting and playing solid D at second.
- Peyton Manning was let go during last week by Indy and seems to be heading west, with Denver and Arizona being two possible landing spots; a Denver signing then starts a second soap opera in figuring out where Tebowmania will light. Arizona will likely ditch Kevin Kolb if they win the derby, since Kolb has a roster bonus due at the end of the week himself. An interesting side-point is that Arizona is now a viable spot for a superstar to want to go to, a transformation not unlike the Clippers leading the NBA Pacific.
- Speaking of the NBA, the Pistons are only three games out of a playoff spot now that Linsanity is coming back to earth. Whether that is false hope or not is a good question, but a nice run as of late has taken them out of the Anthony Davis derby.
- Speaking of Davis-he has developed a three-point touch the last week. He is 3-10 from long range for the last five games after being 0-5 for his young career prior to that. In yesterday's win over Florida, Davis drained a three like he knew what he was doing-"where'd that range come from?" was my thought. No, he's not the second coming of Larry Bird from beyond the arc, but just the prospect that he can shoot from there makes him even more of a catch should he go the one-and-done route.
- Will Izzo ever play Payne and Nix at the same time? They have been a great tag-team at center this year, but in a post-Draymond Green era, they might want to have them as a tandem, especially if young Mr. Costello from BC Western can back them up off the bench next year.